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High Spirits: Study Finds Cannabis First Used in C. Asian Funerals

At a burial site high in the Pamir Mountains, music from an ancient harp and the smell of burning cannabis and juniper incense fill the air, part of an elaborate ceremony to commune with the divine -- and the dead.

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Trump Says Considering 2,000 New Troops for Poland

The United States is considering sending 2,000 more troops to Poland, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday at White House talks with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda -- while stopping short of promising a permanent presence.

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Rouhani Expects 'Positive Change' if U.S. Ends 'Economic War'

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday he expects a "very positive change" in the Middle East and the world if the U.S. stops its economic pressure against the Islamic republic through sanctions.

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Sister of Saudi Crown Prince Faces Paris Trial

A Saudi princess, sister to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is to be put on trial in Paris next month over allegations she ordered her bodyguard to beat up a workman in the French capital, a legal source told AFP Wednesday.

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Ghana Security Forces Free Two Kidnapped Canadians

Two young Canadian women freed from their kidnap ordeal by Ghanaian security forces were unharmed, the government said Wednesday, after the development volunteers were snatched at a golf club in the city of Kumasi last week.  

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U.S. Names Envoy to Find 'Peaceful Political Solution' in Sudan

The U.S. State Department nominated experienced Africa hand Donald Booth as a special envoy to Sudan Wednesday, hoping he can help craft a "peaceful political solution" between the military rulers and groups seeking civilian rule.

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Japan's PM Urges Iran to Play 'Constructive Role' in Mideast

Japan's visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Iran to play a "constructive role" for peace in the Middle East on Wednesday after meeting with President Hassan Rouhani.

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Trump Jr Grilled by U.S. Senators, Says Unconcerned about Perjury

Donald Trump Jr wrapped up a return interview Wednesday with US lawmakers who questioned him about his contacts with Russians, with the president's eldest son dismissing concerns he may have perjured himself in his 2017 testimony.

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Austria Moves to Close Saudi-Backed Interfaith Center

Austria's foreign ministry said Wednesday that it would implement a vote by MPs calling for the closure of a controversial Saudi-funded centre for religious dialogue in the capital Vienna.

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Catholic Church Bombed in Sri Lanka Attacks Reopens

Sri Lanka's bombed Catholic church was reconsecrated Wednesday with a prayer for a strong national leader to punish those responsible for the Easter attacks that killed 258 people.

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